By Joe Messa
A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has concluded that the number of U.S. deaths from hospital infections has increased dramatically. Most of the deaths occurred in people who were at least 65 years old. Personal injury lawyers believe that hospitals need to take many more precautions when it comes to protecting patients from infection.
Stomach inflammation that causes vomiting and diarrhea more than doubled as a result of infections acquired by patients. Also showing a major increase, up from 2,700 in 1999 to 14,500 deaths in 2007, is the germ Clostridium difficile. Patients infected by C. difficile typically show symptoms in hospitals or health-care settings after being prescribed an antibiotic. The CDC warns that doctors should be careful when prescribing medications and ask patients if they have experienced diarrhea, even if they are in the hospital for another unrelated ailment. Diarrhea is a common effect of stomach inflammation and C. difficile.
Norovirus was also pinpointed in the CDC study as a leading hospital infections causing death. The virus, responsible for about 800 deaths per year, is typically spread in contaminated food and water.
The germ Clostridium difficile, commonly referred to as C. difficile or C. diff, is a bacterium that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. The illness typically affects older adults in hospitals or in long term care facilities who have used an antibiotic medication.
C. difficile can lead to several complications ranging in degrees of severity, including dehydration, kidney failure, bowel perforation and toxic megacolon, where the colon is unable to expel gas and stool. If left untreated, C. difficile can progress very quickly leading to death.
The Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Messa & Associates are experienced at handling cases resulting from hospital infections. Our extremely skilled team of personal injury lawyers and medical experts is dedicated to ensuring you receive proper compensation for your personal injuries. If you or a loved one have suffered personal injuries as a result of a hospital infection, medical error, or any other type of negligent care received by a medical provider, contact the personal injury lawyers of Messa & Associates for a free consultation. Call toll free at 1-877-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry.
Joseph L. Messa, Jr. is the founding partner of Messa & Associates, P.C. He is an AV-rated attorney (highest rating available), listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Read More